The Western Organization of Resource Councils has come out in support of the Standing Rock Sioux. While the entire post is worth reading, this part stands out:

“We stand with Standing Rock in their fight to protect water, tribal sovereignty, landowner rights, human rights, and cultural resources threatened by the present route of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

ORA’s affiliation with WORC led the board of directors to consider ORA’s role. Board members also agreed – unanimously – to support the tribal call for serious consideration of their concerns. The over-riding issue is the threat to the Missouri posed by a pipeline that would travel within a few thousand feet of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation and underneath the river. Over 60% of pipelines fail within 20 years of being built. But as WORC chair Nancy Hartenhoff-Crooks’ statement makes clear, there are lots of other concerns as well. The tribe was not consulted as the proposed pipeline made its way through the regulatory process. Those open plains are filled with religious sites and artifacts far beyond the formal boundary of the reservation.

In the most recent development, the US Departments of the Army, Justice and Interior issued a joint statement. For now they will not authorize the pipeline given the:

“…important issues raised by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other tribal nations and their members regarding the Dakota Access pipeline specifically, and pipeline-related decision-making generally…”

At least 90 tribal nations have made their way to the encampment in solidarity with the Sioux in what has turned into one of the largest gathering of native peoples seen on the continent in a very long time. ORA supports this effort, one that moves the concerns of tribal people to the forefront of the fight for social justice.


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